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The Union Cabinet was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Iceland in the field of Fisheries.  The MoU was signed on 10-09-2019.

The salient features of the MoU are:

  1. Creation of facilities for exchange of scientists and technical experts and their proper placement, especially in areas of estimating Total Allowable Catches in offshore and deep sea areas;
  2. Provision of training to fisheries professionals from key fisheries institutions in the various management aspects on areas of modern fisheries management and fish processing
  3. Exchange of scientific literature research findings and other information.
  4. Exchange of experts/expertise to study the prospects of fishing.  Processing and marketing of products from high seas fisheries for entrepreneurship development.

The MoU will strengthen the existing friendly relations between India and Iceland and will enhance consultation and cooperation on Fisheries including consultation on bilateral issues.


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[Press Release dt. 12-02-2020]

[Source: PIB]

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Union Cabinet has been apprised of the Agreement on cooperation in polar science between the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India and the Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 02-12-2019 during the visit of Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Sweden to India.

India and Sweden are both signatories to the Antarctic Treaty and to the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on Environmental Protection. Sweden as one of the eight “Arctic States” is one of the Member states in the Arctic Council whereas India has the Observer Status in the Arctic Council. Sweden has a vigorous scientific program in the Polar Regions, both in Arctic and Antarctic. India likewise, has sustained scientific research programs in both the Polar Regions as well as in the oceanic realm.

The collaboration between India and Sweden in polar science will enable the sharing of the expertise available with both Countries.


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[Press Release dt. 08-01-2020]

[Source: PIB]

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Union Cabinet has given its approval forsigning a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department for International Development (Government of United Kingdom) on 02.12.2019 for Enabling Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways.

Implementation Strategy and targets

The   MoU   signed   by   Ministry   of   Railways   with   Department for   International Development (Government of United Kingdom) for Enabling Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways with the following understanding: –

a.  The Parties agree on the scope of activities to be undertaken as a part of the endeavor for enabling energy efficiency and energy self-sufficiency for the Indian Railways.

b.   Each Participant will, subject to the laws, rules, regulations and national policies fromtime to time in force  governing  the  subject  matter  in  their  respective  countries, endeavour to take  necessary steps to enable energy efficiency and  energy  self-sufficiency for Indian Railways.

c.   The parties agree for Energy planning for Indian Railways i.e. Solar & Wind Energysector, Adopting energy efficiency practices, Enabling Fuel efficiency, Electric Vehiclecharging infrastructure deployment, Battery operated Shunting Locomotives. Capacitydevelopment like training programmes, industrial visits, field visits etc. or any other form co-operation may be approved in writing by the Participants.

d.  The Participants will coordinate the activities, as appropriate, under this MoU. Nothing in this MoU will be construed to prejudice existing or future arrangements for co­operation between the participants.

e.   Blither participant may request in writing a revision, modification or amendment to all or any part of this MoU. Any revision, modification or amendment approved by the Participants will form part of the revised MoU. Such revision, modification or amendment will come into effect on such date as may be determined by the Participants.

f.   This Memorandum of Understanding shall come into force on its signing by the duly authorized representatives of the Parties and any of the Party may terminate this MoU by written communication addressed to the other, in which case, termination of MoU shall take effect six months after receipt of such written communication.

g.  The termination of this MoU will not affect the implementation of ongoing projects and / or programmes which have been agreed before the date of the termination of this MoU. Necessarily, areas of cooperation and forms of cooperation will continue to be enforced for ongoing projects and programmes which have been agreed before the date of the termination of this MoU.

h.  Any dispute or difference between the Parties shall be settled through mutual consultations and negotiations between the participants.

Background:

Ministry of Railways have signed MoUs/ MoCs for co-operation covering technical, policy, research & commercial aspects in field of development of energy sector. The objective of the programme is to support structural reforms and the integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid. To be more specific, it aims to achieve more sustainable and inclusive economic growth, better energy security and reduced carbon emissions.

The MoUs/ MoCs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector. The MoUs/ MoCs facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical documents, training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific technology areas like Renewable Energy and other interactions for knowledge sharing.


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[Press Release dt. 08-01-2020]

[Source: PIB]

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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) have entered into a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual co-operation and technical assistance. The MoU was signed by Mr. Ajay Tyagi, Chairman, SEBI and Mr. Mukhtar Bubeyev, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, AFSA.

The objective of the bilateral MoU is to strengthen cross border co-operation in the area of securities regulation. This will facilitate mutual assistance, contribute towards the efficient performance of the supervisory functions, and enable effective enforcement of laws and regulations governing the securities markets.

SEBI has signed bilateral MoUs with securities regulators of a number of jurisdictions. SEBI is also a signatory to the Multilateral MoU of International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).


Securities Exchange Board of India

PR No.: 30/2019

[Press Release dt. 23-12-2019]

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The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Election Commission to enter into the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Election Commission of Maldives on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.  This includes the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organizational and technical development of electoral process; support in exchanging information, institutional strengthening and capacity building, training of personnel, holding regular consultations; etc.

The proposed MoU would promote bilateral cooperation, aimed at building technical assistance/capacity support for the Election Commission of Maldives, envisaging cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.


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[Press Release dt. 04-12-2019]

[Source: PIB]

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The Union Cabinet has given approval for the MoU between India and Guinea in the field of Renewable Energy.

Objective:

          The objective of the MoU is:

  1. To establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship
  2. To encourage and promote bilateral technical cooperation in the field of renewable energy on the basis of mutual benefit, equality, and reciprocity between the Parties.
  3. Areas of cooperation include Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Bio-energy, and Waste to energy, Small Hydro Storage and Capacity Build.

The Memorandum of understanding will also help in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.


Cabinet

[Press Release dt. 06-11-2019]

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives on Training and Capacity-Building Programme for Maldivian Judicial Officers in India.

Benefits:

The MoU will promote cooperation between India and Maldives in judicial and other legal areas, and enable the exchange of knowledge and technology in training and capacity building.


Ministry of Law and Justice

[Press Release dt. 06-11-2019]

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Government e-Marketplace (GeM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Bank of India (UBI) in New Delhi on October 10, 2019.

Through this partnership, UBI will be able to offer an array of services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts (GPA), advising of Performance Bank Guarantees (e-PBG) and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to the registered users on the GeM portal. The MoU will facilitate a cashless, paperless and transparent payment system on the portal and will create an efficient procurement system for government entities.

Online integration for payments and various banking services is one of the priorities for GeM. GeM has already signed MoU with 14 Public Sector and private banks to enable this.

GeM is also working with other banks, TReDs, and SIDBI to provide invoice financing and Bill Discounting to the MSMEs registered on GeM. This will help MSMEs access easy credit and do better business with Government Departments.

GeM is an initiative of the Government of India offering a one-stop platform facilitating online procurement of common use goods and services required by various government departments, organisations, Public Sector Units. GeM provides tools for Direct Purchase, bidding and reverse auction in a transparent manner for government departments.


Ministry of Commerce & Industry

 [Press Release dt. 11-10-2019]

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Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for the MoUs between India and Foreign Broadcasters in the field of Radio and Television.

Benefits:

The MoUs with the Foreign Broadcasters will help:

  1. Public broadcaster in exploring new visions;
  2. New Strategies to address the demands of new technologies and stiff competition;
  3. Media liberalization; and
  4. Globalization.

Major Impact:

Broadcasting of programmes to be obtained through mutual exchange, co-production will lead to equity and inclusiveness among viewers/listeners of DD and AIR. Exchanges of technical Know-how, expertise, and training of manpower would help the public broadcaster to meet the emerging challenges in the field of broadcasting.


Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

[Press Release dt. 09-10-2019]

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Indian Railways have undertaken some major Green initiatives as part of India’s contribution towards mitigation of global warming and combating climate change. To carry forward this green initiative, an MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for facilitation of green initiatives in Indian Railways at New Delhi today in the presence of the  Minister of State of Railways, Shri Suresh C. Angadi, Director General of CII Shri Chandrajit Banerjee, Member, Rolling Stock, Shri Rajesh Agarwal and other Railway Board Officials.

The objectives of the MoU:

  1. Energy efficiency in manufacturing facilities and railway workshops.
  2. Greening of Railway properties.
  3. Demonstrative pilots of ‘net-zero energy buildings/ railway stations’.
  4. Capacity and skill development by continuous sharing of best practices on energy and environment through training programmes.
  5. Development of Green procurement policy, waste management policy, solid waste disposal, carbon neutrality, phytoremediation.

Three Coffee Table Publications –one each on Energy Efficiency, GreenCo Rating and Green Buildings(including railway stations) were also released for wide circulation as part of efforts taken by the Indian Railways team as envisaged in MoU.

Indian Railways & CII have been working together since the signing of MOU in 2016 on Green Rating & Energy Efficiency Studies of IR’s Production Units & major workshops and after assessment in last three years, 50 Railway Units including workshops and production units have achieved GreenCo certification. In addition, 12 Railway stations and 16 more buildings and other facilities have also achieved Green certification.

GreenCo rating system developed by CII evaluates the green initiative and the rate of performance of industrial units who are pursuing environmentally sustainable practice and also certifies green building, green campus and green schools, etc.


Ministry of Railways

[Press Release dt. 13-09-2019]

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Department of Social Justice, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Salient points of MoU are as follows:

  • Inclusion of target groups of NACO and National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) in the programmes of NAPDDR & NACO for awareness generation.
  • Enhanced linkages and effective co-ordination between Injecting Drug Users Targeted Intervention (IDUs-TI) supported by NACO and Integrated rehabilitation center for Addicts (IRCAs) supported by DSJE.
  • Create awareness and educate people about the ill-effects of drugs abuse on the individual, family, workplace and the society at large and reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against, groups and individuals dependent on drugs in order to integrate them back into the society;
  • Develop human resources and build capacity in order to strengthen the service delivery mechanisms for drug addiction treatment.
  • Developing welfare scheme aiming at social inclusion and empowerment of Transgender which face extreme social alienation enhancing their vulnerability to HIV and drug abuse.
  • Address risk of HIV transmission among all substance users through preventive risk reduction messaging on HIV/STI and linkages with Integrated Testing and Counseling Centre (ICTC) and other services.
  • Working towards empowerment of discriminated and vulnerable groups like victims of HIV/AIDS, victims of drug abuse, female sex workers, Persons engaged in Begging and transgender by nurturing a supportive and congenial environment which promotes human development by safeguarding human rights of all, providing social protection and rendering psycho-social care.
  • Include female sex workers and transgender as target group for social defence and drug addicts as a target group for NACO.
  • Reduced incidence of social stigma and discrimination again victims of drug abuse and Children and People Living with HIV/AIDS through programme education setting.

[Press Release dt. 26-08-2019]

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

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Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have signed MoU today to forge inter-sectoral convergence at the level of policy, planning and programme implementation for an accelerated response towards “Tuberculosis Free India” initiative. The intended collaboration between the two Ministries aims at the development of linkages and integration of TB care services within the infrastructure and institutional network of AYUSH. The MoU was signed by Secretary Health and Family Welfare Smt. Preeti Sudan and  Secretary AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha in the presence of Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Harshvardhan, MoS Health and Family Welfare Shri Ashwini Choubey and Minister of State for AYUSH and MoS Defence Shri Shripad Yesso Naik.

The MoU with the Central TB Division of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare outlines the scope and extent of AYUSH involvement in sensitization, awareness generation, capacity building of AYUSH institutions and health service providers in the areas of TB diagnosis, control and management. Focused activities envisaged under the MoU will cover joint planning to work with AYUSH organisations & professional bodies and promote adjuvant use of evidence-based AYUSH interventions for, TB control and management. It is also intended to facilitate research collaboration and best practices of AYUSH healthcare and build up capacities for TB-free workplaces and communities. Both Ministries will appoint Nodal Officers for development of implementation plan, modalities of operationalization and steering the collaboration activities outlined in the MoU.


[Press Release dt. 18-07-2019]

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the MoU between India and Morocco for developing, promoting and strengthening mutual cooperation between the judiciaries of the two countries.

Impact

The approval will promote cooperation between India and Morocco in judicial and other legal areas and enable the exchange of knowledge in infrastructure and information technology.


[Press Release dt. 03-07-2019]

Ministry Of Law & Justice

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The National Small Industries Corporation signed an MoU with  Common Service Centres (CSC)  e-Governance Services India in New Delhi, for enhancing new offerings for the MSME sector by synergizing each others’ competence. The MoU was signed by Ram Mohan Mishra, AS&DC(MSME) and CMD, NSIC and  Dr Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CEO, CSC e-Governance Services India Limited.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri. Ram Mohan Mishra,  stated that this MoU will have a special focus on providing services to village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) and would to lead to the exponential growth of Village Entrepreneurs in the country. The MoU will also enable CSCs to utilize a plethora of  NSIC offerings through the NSIC portal www.msmemart.com.


[Press Release dt. 22-06-2019]

[Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises]

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List of various MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) signed by India with other nations on several subjects:

Cyber Security

The MoU intends to promote closer cooperation for exchange of knowledge and experience in detection, resolution and prevention of security-related incidents between India and Finland. The MoU was signed in January, 2019.

Railways

The MoU will facilitate the exchange of information, expert meetings, seminars, technical visits and implementation of jointly agreed cooperation projects. The MoU was signed in March, 2019.

The MoU will facilitate the exchange of information, expert meetings, seminars, technical visits and implementation of jointly agreed cooperation projects. The MoU was signed in April, 2019.

Legal Metrology

Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Legal Metrology between India and Kyrgyzstan.  The MoU will be signed on the sidelines of SCO from June 13-14, 2019.

Benefits:

  1. Exchange of information and documents relating to legal metrology;
  2. Develop a training programme for officials and non-officials dealing with the subject of legal metrology;
  3. Exchange of officials, experts and professionals for mutual cooperation in the area of legal metrology;
  4. Participation in Seminars, Workshops, Meetings, Attachment Learning Programmes, etc. in area of mutual interest, as may be appropriate;
  5. Establishment of requirements for pre-packaged goods and carrying out the state metrological supervision of pre-packaged goods;
  6. Review of the status of the rules/regulations on pre-packaged goods.
  7. Sharing of experience in carrying out of metrological supervision in mutual settlements between producers and consumers.

Astronomy

The MoU will lead to new scientific results, human resource development through increased scientific interaction and training, joint use of scientific infrastructure, etc. The MoU was signed in November, 2018.

Health

The Union Cabinet, has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of Health.

Scope of Cooperation:

The Memorandum of Cooperation covers the following areas of cooperation:-

  • Strengthening of healthcare systems;
  • Non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases and anti-microbial resistance;
  • Development of hospital management systems and health information systems Hospital Management;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Medical Researches;
  • Exchange of experience in the transplantation of kidney and liver, cardiac surgery, oncology, orthopedics, traumatology, etc.;
  • Improving capacity of human resources in the field of health;
  • Exchange of information and experience in the field of regulation of pharmaceuticals & medical devices circulation;
  • Exchange of experience and information on good practice of clinical trials of medicines and medical products;
  • Integrated surveillance of diseases;
  • Arranging visits for the experience exchange among physicians, nurses and IT-specialists;
  • Exchange of experience on e-health;
  • Providing  opportunities   for  health  specialists   to  receive  training  and professional development at the “India-Kyrgyz Center for InformationTechnologies” with further internships in the Republic of India;
  • Health Tourism; and
  • Any other area of cooperation as may be mutually decided upon.

Implementation:

A Working Group will be set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation of this Memorandum of Understanding.


[Source: PIB]

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SpiceJet in its statement stated that: “The reciprocal partnership will allow opening of new routes and destinations for passengers of the two airlines.”

SpiceJet passengers from 51 domestic destinations will be able to access Emirates’ network across the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Code-sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence.

[Source: PTI]

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Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) at Mumbai. The said MoU was signed by Shri Anand R. Baiwar – Executive Director, SEBI and Shri Ritesh Kavdia – Executive Director, IBBI.

SEBI and IBBI being interested in the effective implementation of securities laws and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (‘Code’) including the SEBI (Appointment of Administrator and Procedure for Refunding to the Investors) Regulations, 2018 (Administrator Regulations) have agreed under the MoU to co-operate with each other.

The MoU, inter alia, provides for: (a) sharing of information between SEBI and IBBI subject to the limitations imposed by the applicable laws; (b) panel of Insolvency Professionals (IPs) to be appointed as Administrators underAdministrator Regulations; (c) periodic meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, including regulatory requirements that impact their responsibilities, research and data analysis, information technology and data sharing; (d) cross-training of staff; (e) capacity building of insolvency professionals and financial creditors; (f) joint efforts towards enhancing the level of awareness among IPs about the importance and necessity of swift administration process under the provisions of the Administrator Regulations, promoting entrepreneurship, availability of credit and balancing the interests of all stakeholders under the Code, etc.

[Press Release dt. : 19-03-2019]

Securities Exchange Board of India

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the agreement between Republic of India and the Republic of Belarus on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLAT) in Civil and Commercial Matters.

The Agreement after having come into force will promote Mutual Legal Assistance between the Contracting Parties in Civil and Commercial Matters.

The proposal aims to benefit the citizens of the respective Parties seeking Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters in the requested Party irrespective of any gender, class or income bias.

[SOURCE: PIB]

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for Memorandum of Understanding between India and Finland on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of outer space.  The MoU has already been signed in 10th January, 2019 at New Delhi.

Impact:

The signed MoU will provide impetus to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication; satellite navigation; space science and exploration of outer space.

Cooperation with the Government of Finland would lead to develop a joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity.

Details:

The Memorandum of Understanding shall enable the following potential interest areas of cooperation such as,

  • Remote sensing of the earth
  • Satellite communication and satellite-based navigation
  • Space science and planetary exploration
  • Development, testing and operation of space objects and ground system
  • Launching of Finnish Space objects by Indian launch vehicles
  • Processing and use of space data
  • Developing innovative applications and solutions based on space technologies and the use of artificial intelligence
  • Cooperation around emerging New Space opportunities and data ecosystems and sustainable used of outer space.
  • Under this MoU the Participants or upon their authority, the implementing agencies, may set up project teams if necessary, to manage specific cooperative projects taken up under implementing arrangements.

Implementation Strategy and Targets:

  • The Participants will each nominate a coordinator for the purpose of coordinating cooperative activities under this MoU. In order to facilitate the implementation of this MoU, the Participants could meet on mutual decision alternately in India or in Finland or through videoconference.
  • The Participants or, upon their authority, the implementing agencies, may set up project teams if necessary, to manage specific cooperative projects taken up under implementing arrangements.

The move comes in the background of interest expressed by the Govt. of Finland for co-operation in the area of Space.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Brazil on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.

Benefits:

The MoU will enhance bilateral cooperation between India and Brazil in the areas of Traditional Systems of Medicine. This will be of immense importance to both countries considering their shared cultural heritage.

Background:

 India is blessed with well-developed systems of traditional medicine including medicinal plants, which hold tremendous potential in the global health scenario. India and Brazil share a very close and multi-faceted relationship at bilateral level as well as in plurilateral for a such as BRICS, BASIC, G-20, G-4, BSA, and in the larger multilateral bodies such as the UN, WTO, UNESCO and Who. Brazil is one of the most important trading partners of India in entire Latin America and Carribean region.

Both India and Brazil are rich in biodiversity with a large range of health practices based on medicinal plants and history of use of traditional medicine. Ayurveda, Yoga and other traditional systems are popular in Brazil.

[Source: PIB]

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